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Last year, the body of a North Dakota college student, Andrew Sadek, was found at the bottom of Red River, just north of Breckenridge, Minnesota. The 20-year-old sophomore had been shot in the head once, and his backpack was filled with rocks. As his parents and roommate would later learn, Sadek had been working as a confidential informant for a local drug task force after he was arrested for selling a small amount of marijuana back in 2013.
In North Dakota, the laws governing drug policy can be unforgiving. There’s no difference, in the eyes of the court, between selling a kilo of cocaine or a few grams of marijuana. So when the Southeast Multi-County Agency (SEMCA), a collective of police officers and law enforcement agencies in three counties across the state, performed a “consent search” on Sadek’s dorm room at North Dakota State College of Science in November 2013, even the marijuana residue on the grinder they found proved damning.
According to the Star Tribune, the day after the bust, Sadek met with several SEMCA officers at the Law Enforcement Center in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where they told him that he could be charged with a Class A felony, which carries a sentence of more than 40 years in prison. Rather than take his chances in court, Sadek agreed to serve as a confidential informant for the department, carrying out “controlled buys” that would implicate other dealers.
But something happened. After his first buy, which took place in the same campus parking lot that Sadek used to sell pot, he appeared to fall off the radar. He didn’t contact SEMCA, though he was supposed to carry out at least two more controlled buys in order to stay out of prison; his friends reported him missing on May 1. SEMCA assumed Sadek had fled and issued arrest warrants, formally charging the student with two felony counts. Then, on June 27, 2014, Sadek’s body was discovered in Red River.
“His wallet was not on him. He was wearing different clothes than the ones he wore when he was last seen leaving the dorm. He had been shot with a bullet from a .22-caliber weapon. An autopsy ruled that he died from the gunshot wound. No drugs or alcohol were found in his body,” the Star Tribune reported. Campus police at NCSCS were …Read More